(Spiritual Atrophy and Therapy)
One day, my dog Sasha and I collided at play.
She was running at top speed and I got in the way;
She knocked me to the ground, I fractured my knee,
I couldn't get up, Oh, what misery!
I was ordered on crutches, I hobbled around.
This was terrible - couldn't get anything done.
Three whole weeks of not using my right leg,
The muscles refused to work - they wouldn't flex.
My leg muscles were stiff, my knee couldn't bend;
Horror or horrors, I wanted this nightmare to end.
Only three short weeks of muscle inactivity
Now required months of physical therapy.
Muscle atrophy - that's what it's called.
Whatever you do, don't get it, please don't fall.
Watch for your dog when she's running at play.
When heading for you, quickly get out of the way.
I was thinking of 'Atrophy' in the spiritual sense.
It doesn't take long to lose touch with heav'n.
One missed prayer, one missed devotion,
And your life is headed for turmoil and commotion.
Your spiritual muscles and sinews will atrophy.
To get back in shape you'd need spiritual therapy.
Where physical therapy is hard, painful and demanding
Spiritual therapy is easy, satisfying, and rewarding.
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:
and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke
is easy, and my burden is light." --Matthew 11:28-30.
Copyrighted © Lydia Haga 2004